Warren "Scott" Wright

Message from the President
May 5, 2023

Dear LMU Community:

I am saddened to share that Warren “Scott” Wright, emeritus professor of mathematics, passed away on April 18, 2023, after a long illness. He was 82 years old.

Professor Wright joined LMU in 1967. Through his retirement in 2011, he accompanied tremendous change at the university, including the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College and the remarkable growth and diversity in enrollment and faculty hiring. Professor Wright served as Faculty Senate president and department chair several times. In addition to his full teaching schedule, he served on key university committees, including Rank and Tenure; Grievance; Academic Planning and Review; Sabbatical Review; and the Committee to Review Faculty Merit System.

Along with a few other faculty, Professor Wright was a pivotal figure during the 1970s in promoting the transition of the Mathematics Department to a shared governance model, creating a vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff with a culture that is supportive and collegial while maintaining excellent standards.

Professor Wright’s teaching and writing, from precalculus to partial differential equations, involved authoring curricular materials, textbooks, and dozens of manuals. He earned his M.S. in mathematics from USC and his B.A. in mathematics from Pomona College.

He was a devoted golfer, one of the chefs at the annual faculty barbeque, and a frequent organizer of excursions to the Sinatra Center, which was a university-owned faculty retreat and conference center in Palm Desert, California.

Plans to celebrate Professor Wright’s career and life are pending and will be shared soon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the endowed Mathematics Scholarship Fund in Professor Wright’s memory.

Please keep Scott, his spouse Carol ’80; his children, Ethan ’03 and Natalie ’08; his many former students and colleagues; and his friends in your thoughts and prayers.


Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.